Killdeer Eggs at Sweet Marsh - Image 508198 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 6-3-18

  Getting Warmer This evening Kristy and I rode our bicycles to Sweet Marsh via the Sweet Water Trail. Our journey was at a comfortable pace and a nice outing. Once we arrived at the Wapsipinicon River, we decided to ride the dikes at Sweet Marsh to view the repairs being made to the dike …

Raccoon Swimming at Sweet Marsh - Image 507697 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-30-18

  Backyard Conflict and an Unexpected Swimmer Our nest box that I hung a little more than a week ago has become a source of conflict. What could have been an unassuming nesting location for house wrens is now the site of violent avian battles. At least one male house sparrow has been relentlessly harassing …

Male Yellow-heaeded Blackbird at Sweet Marsh - Image 506256 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-19-18

  Not So Lonely After All For several weeks I have enjoyed the distant company of a lone male yellow-headed blackbird at Sweet Marsh. Each time I paddle or ride my bike at the marsh I hear him calling, I wonder what it must be like to be the only bird of a species in …

Yellow Warbler at Sweet Marsh - Image 505779 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-18-18

  A Very Special, Very Pretty Spot Following a day of dealing with the “C word” (cancer), out-patient surgery, doctor’s appointments, and waiting on insurance, I needed a super-sized nature fix. With the nearby Sweet Marsh and Wapsipinicon River watershed encompassing thousands of acres, I had plenty of places I could go to clear my …

Yellow Warbler at Sweet Marsh - Image 504952 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-14-18

  Just What the Doctor Ordered and A Marsh Migration Bonanza Have you ever had one of those days that was a “ho hum” type of day? The sky was a cloudy gray, just like the participation portion of the day. Physically the day was not challenging. Emotionally, today was filled with deep thoughts covering …

Scarlet Tanager at Sweet Marsh - Image 504552 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-13-18

  An Incomplete Split Day On this Mother’s Day I have run out of time to share samples of the images recorded today. My shooting began early this morning, paused for much of the day, and then resumed during our Mother’s Day Marsh Migration event hosted by Crawdaddy Outdoors.  I have my morning images prepped …

Common Yellowthroat at Sweet Marsh - Image 504123 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-12-18

  Is There An Opportunity Here? As I pulled into Sweet Marsh this morning I met four good folks from Prairie Rapids Audubon Society near the boat ramp. They were waiting for many more carloads of Prairie Rapids Audubon members to arrive at the same place. Their plan for the day was to count bird …

Young Fox at Den - Image 503541 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-8-18

  Wildlife and the Outdoors from Morning To Late in the Evening Some days I am blessed with wildlife observation/photography opportunities from the break of day past the setting of the sun. Other days might not be so full. Today was a day of non-stop shooting with a number of nice images being recorded. Let’s …

Blue-winged Teal Taking Flight at Sunrise at Sweet Marsh - Image 502758 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comment 5-6-18

  I Cannot Make This Stuff Up Folks, even now, hours after this happened, I am still shaking my head wondering “what is next?” Before I go into details about my crazy afternoon, I will begin by sharing images from very early this morning.      For what ever reason I could not sleep again. …

Marsh Wren on Cattails at Sweet Marsh - Image 502533 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 5-5-18

  Not Bad For “Up the Marsh Without a Paddle” After tossing and turning for an hour or more, I finally got out of bed long before the sun came up. Such an early start allowed me to be at Sweet Marsh in my kayak shortly after sunrise. Under normal conditions such a start to …